UPPERCO, Md. (WJZ) — A crash on a rural road damages the vehicles involved and leaves a house in ruins. It happened along Route 30 in Upperco, near the Baltimore-Carroll County line.
Alex DeMetrick reports the accident also sent two men to the hospital.
In Upperco, Route 30 is usually called the Hanover Pike. On Thursday, it was called “closed to traffic” after a two vehicle accident sent a large box truck smashing several feet into a house and left a Honda Prelude totaled on the road out front.
It brought a heavy response from Baltimore County fire departments. The level of destruction stunned neighbors.
“It’s pretty impressive and I hope they all lived and everybody’s OK. It’s pretty devastating looking at the house and the truck in the living room,” said Jeff Daniels.
Authorities say the house was not occupied, leaving rescuers to focus on the driver trapped in the truck and the car’s driver pinned in his car until the roof could be cut off.
“Both men were extricated from the vehicles and transported by Medevac to Shock Trauma. We believe that their injuries are non-life threatening,” said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Fire Department.
The house also had to be dealt with as electricity was cut to prevent a fire from starting and specialists brought in to secure the structure from more damage.
What will take longer for investigators is figuring out how the crash happened.
Those who live in the area say the road has a history of safety issues.
“They usually go over the speed limit. They usually travel 50 miles per hour, and this is a 40 mile per hour zone. I’ve complained,” said Bob Martin.
As of yet, there is no determination speed was to blame for the collision. A police crash team will eventually reveal a cause, but one thing is clear for those who live along the road:
“We’re fortunate that it doesn’t happen more than it does,” said Daniels.
The house that was hit sits closer to Hanover Pike than most others in the area. According to neighbors, it served as a toll house for the road between Baltimore County and Southern Pennsylvania.